The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with San Diego-based Sempra Energy to work on decarbonization strategies.


In the MOU, Sempra and NREL agreed to focus on advancing artificial intelligence to scale solutions across the United States. They also plan to integrate low-carbon fuel solutions, including hydrogen, renewable natural gas, carbon capture/sequestration, and fuel cells. They also are exploring 100% renewable energy communities, as well as enhancing electric grids.

The nonbinding, five-year pact has “more strategic intent” than typical partnerships with the federal lab, said NREL’s Doug Arent, director of strategic public/private partnerships.

Sempra’s Southern California Gas Co....